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Born: Apr 09, 1957

Date of Passing: Oct 08, 2021

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April 9, 1957 - October 8, 2021

Suddenly at his home in Toronto, Jean Allec passed away at the age of 64.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Marie Allec; his brother Denis Allec, his nephew Jerry Cormier, sister-in-law Theresa Allec, his brother-in-law Terry Thiessen, and his very dear friends, Sean Hedderson and Timothy Morley.
Left to mourn his passing are his brothers and sisters: Claudette (Larry), Lucille, Robert (Julie), Louis (Daphne), Edith, Roger (Eliette), Leo (Gaylene), Suzanne (Romeo), Ginette, Raymond (Allyson) and sister-in-law Joyce Jongbloed (Denis). Jean will be fondly remembered by his dear and steadfast friends, Paul Bellini and Marie Allen; his Newfoundland family, Stella, Bernard, Terry, Carol, Joanne and Judy, as well as his many nieces and nephews. Finally he will surely be missed by his true and constant canine companion Autumn.
Jean or, Ti Jean, as he was affectionately known to his family grew up in Haywood, Manitoba the eighth of 12 children. He developed a passion for reading, writing and music at a very young age and these remained an important focus throughout his lifetime. It was during his last year in high school that he wrote and produced his play "The Well" which won the gold medal at the Divisional Drama Festival. The adjudicators described it as original, brilliantly written and executed. Jean graduated from St. Claude Collegiate and went on to attend the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. Jean was a gifted pianist. He composed his own music mostly for his own pleasure but periodically he would perform it much to the delight of friends and family. Jean relocated to Toronto late in 1980 where he bloomed creatively, personally and professionally. He was hired as an Editor at Health Find 211 at its inception. He remained with the organization as it evolved eventually assuming the role of Editorial Manager. Jean described his work as both challenging and gratifying and he loved it. Jean believed in the power of communities and grass roots movements. He was a strong advocate for the rights and needs of the LGBTQ community.
While Jean was a devoted Torontonian he cherished his home province of Manitoba. He routinely returned to Manitoba every summer where he would reconnect with family, friends and of course his cherished sunsets. His gentleness and thoughtfulness belied a fiercely competitive nature particularly when playing Scrabble. He had a wicked sense of humour, a keen intellect, the best laugh ever and the most beautiful sparkling blue eyes. He is gone too soon and he will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EST at St. James Cemetery and Crematorium, 635 Parliament St., Toronto, Ontario. The service will be live streamed and remain accessible at or on UTube John (Jean) Allec Service
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the United Way or to a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Our condolences to the Allec family. We are thinking of you during these difficult times. Louise and Ephrem Dupont - Posted by: Louise Dupont (cousin) on: Oct 28, 2021

  • My condolences to the Allec family. I haven’t seen Jean for several years but I always had fond memories of him, especially of those involving theatre. He was a good man with a kind heart. From Dolorese Rudnicki (nee Oliviero). - Posted by: Dolorese Rudnicki (Friend) on: Oct 27, 2021

  • Was a prince among gentlemen and will be missed hugely. He introduced me and mentored me in the community Information and Referral sector, and arguably gave me the skills and the support to help the sector grow in Manitoba. Professionally his influence was nation wide. And his heart and his smile at least as large. thank you John, and we'll get those data standards yet... - Posted by: Philip Wolfart (Colleague at FindHelp) on: Oct 19, 2021

  • John and I worked for 30 years together at Findhelp. John was always so patient, kind, supportive and an excellent editor and taxonomy expert in the field of Information and Referral. Throughout the years, I learned so much from John. I will truly miss his warm smile and gentle spirit. My sincere heartfelt condolences to all of John's family and friends. - Posted by: Angela Finateri (Findhelp Information Services Colleague ) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • I will remember John as a genuine and humble individual who always had kind words. He always gave the benefit of the doubt and never judged anyone. Whether I would walk by his workspace or bump into him outside the office, he would always stop and say "Hello". I won't forget his laughter and smile. I cannot imagine how you must feel to have lost him. He will be missed greatly! - Posted by: Vicky Roy (Colleague from Findhelp) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • I am saddened to learn of John's death. I worked with John at Findhelp/211 from 2001 to 2008, and I appreciated his wonderful spirit every day. As a long-time easterner who grew up in Cornwall, ON and who lived in Toronto from university days until 10 years ago, I appreciate John's love for Manitoba more now that I have lived in southern Saskatchewan and Edmonton, AB for the past 10 years. I am sorry that I will never get to spend time with John again. - Posted by: Ian Kellogg (Workmate) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • Sending you my deepest condolences. I worked with John for over 20 years, and I will miss him dearly. He was a sweet and caring gentleman, and an amazing editor. I hope these words bring you some comfort in this time of grief. - Posted by: Cristina Umana (Co-worker) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • My condolences to John's family and close friends on the loss of this gentle, caring person. John had a great capacity for kindness and never failed to offer it to those in need. He will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Gail Hulls (Colleague at Findhelp Information Services) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • On behalf of Findhelp/211 Central, John's place of work, I would like to share our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to John's family and friends. John will be dearly missed by our organization and his information and referral friends and colleagues across North America. John was a brilliant, kind and gentle soul with a magnificent smile, sense of humor and deep compassion for everyone. He was a great listener, who was thoughtful and caring in every way and had a musical talent that he generously shared with us all. A deep loss is being felt by his work family. - Posted by: Sue Wilkinson (Work Colleague ) on: Oct 18, 2021

  • I was lucky enough to experience and participate in Jean’s theatrical masterpieces in high school. My condolences to all family and friends who got to share his many talents throughout his life. - Posted by: Rita Buisson (friend from Haywood) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • RIP. Your friendship will be Treasured forever in my Heart. I will truly Miss phone calls and emails. Am thinking of you. From your Cousin Susan. My condolences to Family and Friends.. - Posted by: Susan coppell --Shaw (Cousin) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • I was shocked and saddened to learn of Jean's death and offer my condolences to his family and closest friends. Jean was my manager for a number of years at Findhelp Information Services in Toronto, and he was always very patient, kind, gentle and courteous. We will miss him very much. - Posted by: Rachel Smeijers (Colleague) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • Our sincerest condolences to the Allec family for the loss of Jean. It has been a long time since we last saw Jean but we remember him when he was just a young boy attending Haywood Elementary School and being part of our huge Rey family Christmas celebrations. May your beautiful memories of Jean sustain and bring comfort during this difficult time. Aunt Peggy, Charles and cousin Claudette Philippot - Posted by: Claudette Philippot (Cousin) on: Oct 17, 2021

  • Our sympathies to Jean's family & friends. May the pleasant memories you have help you through this difficult time. - Posted by: Rene & Gisele Landreville (Cousin) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • Condolences to your family from the Tarko’s . - Posted by: Larry Tarko (Friend of family ) on: Oct 16, 2021

  • My sympathy to all the family, brothers and sisters who attended the little one room school house on the corner. - Posted by: Suzanne Rusywich (Neighbour from Haywood) on: Oct 16, 2021

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